Clean Machines That Run on Natural Gas

Most of the 130,000 compressed natural gas vehicles nationwide are in service with U.S. government agencies, state agencies and energy retail providers.

Published: 18-Jan-2005

Steve Terlecki's endorsement of the compact Honda GX doesn't sound so compelling at first.

"I didn't notice anything different with it, to be honest. It drives just like a normal car," said the Bensalem code enforcer, who drove the car three months last summer on rough stop-and-go trips around the township.

But no obvious difference is the car's very appeal. The four-cylinder automatic runs entirely off compressed natural gas (CNG) and is designed to have the power and speed of a regular compact car but with higher fuel efficiency, a fraction of the greenhouse gas emissions, and about $1 less per gallon in fuel costs.

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